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Extruded Profile Concept for Packaging Cushion

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107932D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cieslak, RD: AUTHOR

Abstract

A design for a packaging cushion is disclosed. This design, consisting of an extruded foam profile 1, is folded at a pivot point 2 to form the final cushion 3. The cushion 3 is used for protecting computer systems from shock and vibration inputs incurred during shipping and handling.

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Extruded Profile Concept for Packaging Cushion

      A design for a packaging cushion is disclosed.  This design,
consisting of an extruded foam profile 1, is folded at a pivot point
2 to form the final cushion 3.  The cushion 3 is used for protecting
computer systems from shock and vibration inputs incurred during
shipping and handling.

      The cushion 3 consists of a unique design utilizing an extruded
foam process.  The cushions 3 are produced by extruding strands of
foam through tiny holes in a die.  As the extruded strands expand,
they bond together and create a continuous plank of a specific
profile.  The plank is then cut to the desired length and folded or
"hinged" at a pivot 2 point to form the final cushion profile 3.  The
cushion 3 is then positioned on the vertical edge of the systems to
perform as a cushion for protection (see the figure).

      Additional design features of this cushion are:
1.   The "pyramid" shape of the front section provides a cushioning
concept that expands the bearing area width for the proper cushioning
performance.  Surface AA is expanded to the width of BB using this
concept.
2.   The cushion, when folded, forms a shape that "bridges" over the
delicate area where the cover connects the main body of the system,
thus eliminating any pressure in that location.  A recessed shape
provides additional relief in this area during a side impact.

      Disclosed anonymously.